Flight Check Squadron (JASDF)

Summary

Flight Check Squadron
飛行点検隊
JASDF U-125(29-3041) fly over at JMSDF Tokushima Air Base September 30, 2017 01.jpg
Flight Check Squadron U-125(2017)
ActiveOctober 1, 1958
CountryJapan
AllegianceAir Support Command
BranchJapan Air Self-Defense Force
Garrison/HQIruma Air Base
Aircraft flown
YS-11FC, U-125

Flight Check Squadron (飛行点検隊, hikoutenkentai) is a unit of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force based at Iruma Air Base in Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo. Under the authority of Air Support Command,[1] it operates YS-11FC and U-125 aircraft.[2] Prior to the U-125 the unit operated Mitsubishi MU-2 aircraft.[3]

On April 6 2016 a U-125 aircraft operated by the unit crashed near Kanoya Air Base of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in Kagoshima Prefecture, with all six crew members being killed. It had been checking the base's air navigation aid system.[4][5][6][7]

In 2021 the YS-11FCs and the lost U-125 will be replaced with three Cessna Citation Latitude 680A aircraft.[8]

Gallery

References

  1. ^ Thompson, Paul JASDF Order of Battle J-HangarSpace Retrieved February 15, 2017
  2. ^ Iruma Air Base homepage: Unit & Operation Archived 2014-10-09 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved January 22, 2017 (in Japanese)
  3. ^ JASDF's other fixed-wing aircraft Retrieved January 22, 2016
  4. ^ ASDF jet disappears from radar over southwestern Japan April 6, 2016 Japan Times Retrieved January 22, 2017
  5. ^ Yoshida, Reiji Bodies of four ASDF jet crewmen found; search for remaining two, wreckage ongoing April 7, 2016 Japan Times Retrieved January 22, 2017
  6. ^ Bodies of last two ASDF airmen recovered from cliff in Kagoshima April 8, 2016 Japan Times Retrieved January 22, 2017
  7. ^ ASN Accident Report Raytheon U-125 (Hawker 800) 49-3043 Kanoya Air Base Aviation Safety Network Retrieved January 23, 2017
  8. ^ Thompson, Paul JASDF Aircraft Profiles J-HangarSpace Retrieved January 22, 2016

External links

Unit homepage (in Japanese)